Speaker Bios

Rick Darke 

Rick DarkeRick Darke 
grounds his work in an observational ethic, which blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. Rick’s Pennsylvania home garden, which he and his wife Melinda Zoehrer made and maintain together, has served as their living laboratory for a quarter century.

His projects include various parks such as the High Line elevated rail line in New York, and the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation project in Pittsburgh. Rick has worked to develop projects in such diverse climates as his native mid east coast, the southwest, and our nearby Chicago Botanic Gardens and well as residential landscapes.

Rick’s many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, and The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with friend and colleague Doug Tallamy. Visit www.rickdarke.com for further information.

Doug Tallamy

Doug TallamyDoug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 88 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 36 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.